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I GI- N RAL SUMMARY. I THE proceedings in Denmark are as bad as they I can be short of a war. The -:axons and Han- overians have entered Holstein revolutionary acts have followed, the I)anish emblems having been taken down and the Pretender proclaimed and Schleswig (as the Germans call it, Slesvig is the true Scandinavian spelling) is threatened by the Germans. The King has accepted the advice of Lord Wodehouse to recall the con- stitution of November by which the Scandin- avian Slesvig was secured to Denmark; but his ministers preferred resignation to ad/ising him to convene the Uigsraad, or Parliament, to give effect to this advise. It is obvious that the Germans want to seize Slesvig, and so vir- tually to destroy Denmark as a small indepen- dent power, and to possess themselves of a port for their hobby, a German Fleet. Our Government advises and embarasses the brave Danes, without offering to take the least re- t sponsibility. I The Emperor is giving indications of a wish I to hold a Congress of such of the sovereigns as are favourable to it It is difficult to ice what result could follow its deliberations, but it might have some display of extraordinary wisdom and moderation. < )ne French journal presses on the Emperor that diarm Iment is the most important object of a Congress and that as no one thinks of attacking France she I ought to begin when others would be glad to fell >w her example. The last mails from Tndia announce that there had been no more fighting in the north- east; but in Japan things were said to be critical. The verdict of the Crawley court-martial has been formally published sooner than was ex- pected With indecent haste her ajesty was advised to ratify a verdict the most flagrantly in contradiction of the facts which we ever re- member a class verdict of comrades has hon- ourably acquitted the Colonel for conduct which all nut belonging to or connected with the class must think to be utterly dishonour- able in an officer and a gentleman. The sudden death of Mr Thackeray was felt throughout England as a dash of sadness on our merry Christmas. Merrier it could have I been, so far as the good fortune of the weather went, and the accounts in the London papers of the amusements p oferred to the people and the attendance at them show that they were merry enough in the comrhon sense of the phrase. Some of the reports notice an obvious improvement in the behaviour of the mass s at these crowded gatherings—due of course to the schoolmaster. The Bishop of Natal is now on his trial at the Cape before three A frican Bishops. By his representative, Dr. Bleek, he protested against the jurisdiction of the court; when, perhaps, to return the compliment objection was taken to the competency of Dr. Bleek to represent the Bishop, on the ground that the Doctor was a sympathiser with the freer sort of Socinianism. and he should be required to declare himself a "bona fide" member of the Church of England.